We are not yet at the halfway point of the MLB betting season, so it stands to reason that with so many games to play, not every team that is atop their division will be there when the season ends. There may even be a few who don’t even make it into a Wild Card spot at the end of the season. Every year, we always seem to witness a team or two going in the tank in the second half, and there is no reason to believe that won’t happen this year. Let’s take a look at who may be out once all 162 games have been played.
Taking a Look at the MLB Betting Predictions on Teams That Won’t Reach Playoffs
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We have to start off in the American League East, as that has been the most unpredictable division in baseball this season. The Tampa Bay Rays are the surprise leader right now, but they seem to be doing things with smoke and mirrors over there. They are a young team and have had a ton of injuries to boot, which is a combination that usually catches up with a team over time. I still think the Blue Jays will top this division, and the Rays will likely end up down in the third or fourth spot.
The next stop is in the AL West, where the Houston Astros currently have a 2.5 game lead over the Texas Rangers. The Astro may be in a bit of a winning streak at the moment, but they are still just playing .500 ball over their last 10 games. They have been using the long ball to get the job done this season, but if the HR’s dry up at any point, they could be in trouble. They do not have a great OBP, which means they may have to start relying more on defense if the bats go any colder. The Rangers are starting to look like a pretty good team, and it’s only a matter of time before they close the gap.
If I had to put my money on a single division leader to not make the playoffs this season, it would have to be the New York Mets. They are just 10-20 on the road this season, and have a -6 run differential, which really does make you wonder how they have managed to spend so much time atop the division. The main reason is because the Washington Nationals have struggled at times this season. Watch for the Nats to string things together in the second half, and for the Mets to go into freefall.